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Video Game News from February 2007

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

Why does Sony hate Europe so much, particularly the UK? It's the only assumption you can make when you compare European prices of the PS3.

Well The Guardian's Steve Boxer set out to answer that question. He interviewed SCE UK managing director, Ray Maguire (you had me at hello?), who broke it down into nice easy nuggets that us unwashed masses can understand.

Continue reading "UK PS3 price explained"
Posted by Jeremy on February 1, 2007 8:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: LB Videos

While I would agree these are the top ten most anticipated games of 2007, my money says no more than six of them actually come out in 2007. Still, it's fun to see what lies ahead.

Posted by Lunabean on February 1, 2007 7:28 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: LB Videos | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Last night, Conan O'Brien had tennis star Serena Williams on as a guest. Near the end of the interview he asked if she'd be up for playing a little Wii tennis. Serena graciously obliged and Conan then stripped to reveal his all white tennis outfit. I love that guy.

The match got pretty heated and you could tell neither had much time in on the Wii, but they still did pretty good. It cracked me up when Serena noticed that her Mii character was wearing her outfit from the Australian Open. You know, the Wii just keeps getting more and more press.

Posted by Jeremy on February 2, 2007 9:15 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo

There are two sports games that I hold dear to my heart: NHL '94 and Tecmo Super Bowl. Seeing as it is Super Bowl weekend, I thought it apt that I should reminisce about the latter, a classic and groundbreaking football game.

You see, it was a simpler time. A time when graphics didn't matter and having eight plays from which to choose seemed overwhelming. A time when having the real names of NFL teams, much less the real names of the players, was something that was unheard of. And so it was with Tecmo Super Bowl. You know, if I have any regrets from college it's that I didn't play enough of this game.

Continue reading "Tecmo Super Bowl...ahh, the memories"
Posted by Jeremy on February 2, 2007 9:52 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | Xbox | Xbox 360

A couple of weeks ago we told you about a leaked prototype for a game based on the 1980s paranormal blockbuster film Ghostbusters (video here). The footage was provided by a video game development company called Zootfly, which had begun work on the game, but had, yet, to acquire the intellectual property rights. This meant that, despite the awesomeness of the video provided, there was no guarantee the game would be made. However, it seems things have changed.

In a brief interview of Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd by the Edmonton Sun, Aykroyd lets slip that he will be revisiting his role as Dr. Ray Stantz for a Ghostbusters video game: "Universal purchased the rights from Sony for a game. I'm actually going to have to perform and do some motion capture for them. That will be next year."

The hope is that Universal purchased the rights because of the hype that surrounded the release of the Zootfly footage, and they will hire Zootfly to be the developers of the game. Cross your fingers!

Posted by Lunabean on February 2, 2007 2:16 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

I'm angry. Allison just showed me the trailer for 'Moral Kombat', a documentary about the video game industry, specifically how violent video games are impacting our society. Simply watching the trailer has my blood boiling.

It consists of a stream of all-stars and choice quotes from the likes of Jack Thompson and Joe Lieberman, people who have no clue and don't make any sense when it comes to this debate, and, in fact, do more harm than good everytime they speak on the subject.

Moral Kombat

Continue reading "Moral Kombat -- I'm angry!"
Posted by Jeremy on February 5, 2007 10:16 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Videos

If you were one of the millions who watched the Super Bowl yesterday, then you probably saw the GTA-inspired Coca-Cola ad starring a look alike Tommy Vercetti. According to GamePolitics, the ad did really well, particularly amongst the under-17 crowd.

To see this, and all of the Super Bowl ads you can go to http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/postseason/superads

What's interesting is that here in Portland, we've been seeing that ad before movies at Lowe's Cinemas for at least the past half year (and also the Coke bottle through time ad). We've always thought it a good ad and are glad that it's getting a positive response.

On a side note, Portland's Wieden+Kennedy did the ad, which maybe is why they were testing it here?

Posted by Jeremy on February 5, 2007 12:52 PM | | Comments (1)

From GameTrailers, here is a fun little video of some secrets in Twilight Princess. I really enjoyed controlling the Cuckoo. I must try that!

Posted by Jeremy on February 5, 2007 3:07 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Paging Jeremy, my dear husband. I have found the perfect Valentine's gift...for me. It's me Mii, in 3-D!

Check out the auction on eBay, where you are bidding on the time and artisitic workings of misterthiel, an extremely talented sculptor (he also does illustrations and animations), who will turn your Wii's avatar into something you can touch. What a fantastic idea. I love creative people.

Posted by Allison on February 6, 2007 8:22 AM | | Comments (0)

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There are few disasters in the gaming world as severe as the N-Gage. The much maligned handheld gaming system/phone/music player/blender/lawn mower was launched in Oct. of 2003, and after terrible sales, was replaced by the N-Gage QD, which also had terrible sales, and was quietly discontinued sometime in 2005.

I sort of made it a sport to lambaste the craptacular system (here, here, here, and well, here) and I hoped to god that it would never rear its ugly head again.

Despite my best hopes, the N-Gage found a fairy fountain and has been revived. However, it's not what you think.

Continue reading "Another N-Gage?!? Noooooooo!"
Posted by Jeremy on February 6, 2007 8:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS2 | PSP | Sony

There are few games that actually make me feel guilty and/or dirty while playing. However, the original Manhunt by Rockstar Games caused me to shower after sitting down with it for only a couple hours.

In Manhunt you play a criminal who was sentenced to death row for an unnamed grievous crime. However, instead of being injected with something lethal, you are injected with a sedative and placed in a seedy town full of killers and thugs...each of whom want you dead. This was all done by a movie director who is recording everything. Your goal is to escape the town and kill everyone you encounter, while being filmed. For this reason, the more creative and gruesome the kill, the better.

While I'm never for the banning of games, I can, at least, understand why so many wanted (and did) ban Manhunt. What's more, the game received less than stellar ratings, and didn't sell nearly as well as expected. With all of that being said, the point of all of this Manhunt speak is Rockstar's announcement yesterday that Manhunt 2 is in the works for Sony's PS2, PSP and Nintendo's Wii.

That's right, Manhunt 2, the game where you must act out violent killings, is coming out for the Wii. Let your imagination run with that for awhile. Creepily, my imagination went straight to the movie Pan's Labyrinth (great film, by the way), and the repeated stabbing of the man's face with a broken bottle. Yes, you, too, can thrust your Wii-mote and turn a face into hamburger. Yucka! Don't expect any Lunabean reviews and or walkthroughs for this one.

Continue reading "'Manhunt 2' coming...for Wii"
Posted by Allison on February 7, 2007 8:01 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS | PC

This past summer I played my first 'Nancy Drew' video game, Nancy Drew: Danger by Design for the PC. I picked it up because a) it kept appearing high on sales charts and b) because I grew up on Nancy Drew, and, if she's part of my video game world, I should, at least, check in on her. What I found was surprizing.

Nancy Drew Danger by Design was one of the hardest puzzle games I've ever played. That's not to say the gameplay was hard. After all, it's a "point and click" game. I'm purely talking about the puzzles. So, what you have is a game that's easy to pick up, but quite challenging once you're into it. This made it the perfect game for those who might not be comfortable with "video games".

As I played through the PC game, I kept thinking about how perfect such a title would fit on a Nintendo DS, particularly because the Nancy Drew title was trying to do with games what Nintendo has been trying to do to gaming machines, and that's make people who don't play video games play video games. So, it came as little more than a pleasant surprise to receive a press release from Majesco today stating the company is publishing its first Nancy Drew title for the Nintendo DS, Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Olde World Park. I predict high sales for this one.

Expect to see this new Nancy Drew title on store shelves later this year. In the meantime, checkout our Danger by Design walkthrough here:

lB Nancy Drew Danger by Design Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Continue reading "Nancy Drew coming to DS"
Posted by Allison on February 7, 2007 1:32 PM | | Comments (0)

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Weeeee're Baaack!!! It's only been a year and half since our last Podcast. How ever did you survive? Today, we talk about the amazing spring lineup of games including Wii Play, Crackdown, Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom, SSX Blur, Medal of Honor: Airborne and Vanguard, God of War 2, PoP: Rival Swords, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, and Super Paper Mario.

Then, we get into what the heck is wrong with Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, and the Playstation 3 in general.

Continue reading "LB Video Game Radio - February 8, 2007"
Posted by Jeremy on February 8, 2007 2:12 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Well, maybe not cured, but honed. Playing action-packed video games, "significantly sharpens vision, enabling gamers to see tiny, tightly packed letters more clearly." So says a new study to be published in Psychological Science.

Not only are us gamers sexier than the general public, but we have better hand-eye coordination, the ability to find a target amongst a sea of objects, the ability to monitor multiple items at once, and to keep track of a stream of objects flying by. Now, add to that list sharper vision.

Read the article

Continue reading "Video games cured my blindness!!!"
Posted by Jeremy on February 9, 2007 8:51 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

I wonder what the US Patent and Trademark office has for us today...doo, dee, doo...OMG!!! A Wii Phone?!? Check out this patent filed by Nintendo for the descriptive, "Electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions." Then, take a look at some of the pictures.

Is Nintendo getting into the VoIP business? They have free wi-fi service already via the Wii, so why not make the Wii a hub, like a Vonage box? Of course, it'd be quite annoying to receive a phone call during an intense gaming session. "Um, I'm going to have to put you on hold until I defeat Ganon."

Also, be wary of the rash of cutsy puns we'll be sure to encounter. I'll save you the pain and just lay out some options now: nintendphone, wii-dial, call wii-ting, call mii (sounds familiar), the phone's wii-nging...well, you get the point.

Hat tip to SlipperyBrick

Posted by Jeremy on February 9, 2007 12:14 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: LB Videos

I feel I'm an easy audience today, as both of these silly videos got a solid giggle out of me.

First up, we have the Australian comedy act Trio performing 'Gonna Make You Happy' from the Aspen Comedy Festival. Every woman who has dated and/or married a gamer will get a good laugh.

Next up, ask yourself if the 'Wii Sports' theme belongs in some cheesy 90s TV show.

Posted by Allison on February 9, 2007 12:16 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

Sony's Playstation 3 is set to debut in Europe in March. In an effort to get some press, look like the good guys, and entice Europeans to not only buy, but to sign up for the online service, PlaystationNetwork, the first 500,000 Europeans to sign up for Playstation Network will receive a free copy of the blu-ray DVD, "James Bond Casino Royale".

I know that Allison would think this a brilliant marketing move seeing as Daniel Craig is her new boyfriend (recently added to the list of John Edwards and Richard Clark), and this may actually get her to renew her passport, still, I see this as a pre-desperation move by Sony.

Continue reading "Free Casino Royale for European PS3 onliners"
Posted by Jeremy on February 12, 2007 8:10 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

I sat down with Microsoft's new "GTA"-inspired game, "Crackdown," (Feb. 20) for about forty-five minutes yesterday and although I'm impressed, I'm not wowed. Currently, you can download the free demo from Xbox Live Marketplace.

The game is a highly stylized (think graphic novel or cel-shaded) open urban landscape. Set in the future, you play as a genetically enhanced super-cop whose abilities are purposely over-the-top. For example, as your skills increase, you'll be able to leap over tall buildings or target specific areas on an enemy's body.

Since you're playing as a cop, you're actually on the side of the law, and it's your job to curtail the violence of three rival gangs who are taking over Pacific City. Like GTA, you can carjack any vehicle, or, more appropriately, commandeer the vehicle in the name of the law. You can also shoot just about anyone, however, if you run over or shoot too many civilians or fellow cops, the cops will come after you.

Continue reading "Preview: Crackdown"
Posted by Jeremy on February 12, 2007 8:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Say it ain't so! Tell me that Peach has not finally submitted to the charms of Bowser. Tell me that Bowser's history of kidnapping Peach has resulted in some form of Stockholm syndrome and that Peach is simply not in her right mind. Tell me that Mario still cares!!!

You may wonder what all of the fuss is about. Why I'm in such a fragile state of affairs. Well, you would be too if you got this press release from Nintendo today:

Nintendo of America Requests the Pleasure of Your Company at the Marriage of


on the 9th Day of April 2007

The nuptials will take place at the beginning of Super Paper Mario™, which will be available for Nintendo's hot new Wii™ home video game system. Those who wish to attend - or thwart - the ceremony will need to switch between 2-D and 3-D.

This isn't just some willy-nilly wedding. This doesn't seem forced on the part of Bowser. I mean, for God's sake, they have an official wedding announcement!!!

Continue reading "Peach to marry Bowser on April 9th...gasp!"
Posted by Jeremy on February 12, 2007 10:28 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Um, yeah. This is so awesome! Say goodbye to my life for at least a month.

Hat tip to You Newb

Posted by Jeremy on February 12, 2007 11:09 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo | PS2 | Sony

I would easily place Resident Evil 4 on my list of top ten video games. It was beautiful, creepy, challenging and a hell of a lot of fun. I will forever have etched in my brain the experience of innocently entering the game's 19th century Spanish village, then suddenly being cornered by 19th century zombies with 21st century chainsaws. A lot of swearing and nervous laughter followed.

For this reason I am conflicted regarding this video of the "Hooked Man Version" of RE4. According to HardestBoss this version was ditched because it was "too paranormal" for the Resident Evil plot. However, it was also this version that made Capcom's Shinji Mikami warn gamers, "Don't pee your pants".

I say I'm conflicted because, of course, I want more RE4. However, it was perfect as is, and, for some reason, baby dolls with ankle-slashing knives just doesn't seem to fit. Still, it's fun to watch:

Oh, and if you haven't played RE4 yet, get on it! Here's the LB RE4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Allison on February 13, 2007 8:47 AM | | Comments (1)

The world wide web is abuzz today with news that two previously released titles may make a debut on new consoles in the months to come.

First up, gamers are giddy with the possibility that Rare's Viva Pinata, originally an Xbox 360 title, may make its way to handheld gaming madness via the Nintendo DS. This rumor comes courtesy of 1Up, and Shane Kim, Corporate VP of Microsoft Game Studios.
"I think it's fair to say that we're going to continue to invest in that property [Viva Pinata]," Kim said. "Whether that is in the form of a sequel, a product line extension or through merchandising, whatever the case may be, that's something that we're going to stick with." Or, as Kim pointed out as a DS title.


However, Kim didn't leave the door open for titles to appear on Sony's handheld like he did with Nintendo's. " Whether you're talking about [publishing games on] mobile or the DS -- you probably won't see it on the PSP, though."

So, we have a confirmation that Microsoft is going to keep building on the Viva Pinata franchise, and we also know that, if that franchise goes handheld, it will likely go DS. It seems many things must fall into place before this dream comes true, but it is a very distinct possibility.
Continue reading "Rumors: 'Viva Pinata' DS and 'Okami' Wii"
Posted by Allison on February 13, 2007 11:48 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

When the launch of Playstation console is just a few mere weeks away the thing you don't want to do is to have the sales boss for that region quit. Such is the case with Sony. According to this source, Kevin Jowett, head of Sony UK sales has quit. What gives?

I find it pretty odd timing. Does he know that things aren't going well (or won't go well) and he doesn't want to be around when the shite hits the fan? Did he get forced out because Sony didn't think he was doing a good job and wanted to replace him as quickly as possible to save the UK launch?

Obviously, only a few people know, but is this somehow linked to the larger shake up that happened last November?

Continue reading "Sony UK sales boss quits"
Posted by Jeremy on February 13, 2007 3:33 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Just a few minutes ago I looked over at our Wii and noticed it was flashing, indicating a new message. I booted her up and to my surprise, Nintendo has just unveiled a new channel, the "Everybody Votes Channel".

After a quick update and downloading the channel from the Wii Shop, I was ready to vote. You see, the channel allows you to vote on questions such as, "What is the better Valentine's Gift? Chocolate or Roses?" or "Which century would you rather live in? The 19th or the 22nd?"

After you drag your Mii into the answer you want to give, you are then given the opportunity to predict which answer will be the most popular. Over time, as Nintendo gathers data (pretty sneaky if you ask me), you'll be able to see a chart of how much you vary from the public consensus.

This is a great idea. It makes for a fun little distraction while allowing Nintendo to collect all sorts of interesting data. Let's just hope uses the data for good, and not for evil.

I vote for more Wii voting!!!

Posted by Jeremy on February 13, 2007 8:31 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Happy Valentine's Day! To help you celebrate, Nintendo today is releasing "Wii Play," a mini-game game in the strain of "Wii Sports." You can only buy it bundled with a Wii Remote, thereby encouraging you to play with a friend...or that special someone.

If you don't have a special someone with which to play, well, I'm sure that it's still fun by yourself. Just take it easy with the vodka...I've been meaning to say something...

For more fun geeky valentines, check out 4 color rebellion.

Posted by Jeremy on February 14, 2007 9:26 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

I was almost in big trouble. You see, it was Allison's and my plan to spend Valentine's Day playing Wii Play and then have a nice dinner.

I was at EB Games on Monday and asked if they had any in yet. They said Wednesday, but said they'd be hard to come by so I might want to pre-order it. Because of my knee-jerk reaction to anybody trying to sell me anything, and the fact that EB always says things are hard to come by, I said no thanks.

Upon getting home, Allison asked, "why didn't you preorder it?" Good point. We had store credit there and we knew we were going to buy it. I didn't have an answer, but thought I wouldn't have any problem getting it today.

Boy was I wrong.

Continue reading "Wii Play very hard to find"
Posted by Jeremy on February 14, 2007 10:33 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Allison pointed me to this blog post about a customer's experience with Nintendo's customer service.

It goes something like this: Hi, my Wii is broken. Oh, you live in Redmond (Nintendo HQ). Just bring it in. Half an hour later, after playing Nintendo games in the waiting room, Wii fixed, new warranty, everybody really nice.

Obviously, to get that warm fuzzy feeling, you should probably read the bloggers entire post and check out the pictures on the right side of her blog.

Read the post

Oh, and Sony, you may want to take note of this. The unbelieveable amount of free internet press this story is getting right now (was #1 on Digg and Reddit...now in top 5) is worth a million bucks. Instead of paying bloggers to make fake sites, why don't you just make nice with the consumer and offer really good customer service? It's invaluable.

Posted by Jeremy on February 15, 2007 8:54 AM | | Comments (6)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

I found Little Miss Sunshine to be a disappointing film. Sure, I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I was told I would enjoy it. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I cheered the characters on. Yes, I ultimately gave it a thumbs up. However, the hype surrounding the film made me expect so very much more, and, when it came to an end, I was left asking, "Is that it?".

It is for this reason that I am dubbing Wii Play the Wii's Little Miss Sunshine. And, I'm going to do for you what I wish someone had done for me regarding both the film and the game. I'm going to lower the bar.

At this point I need to remind you that Wii Play comes bundled with a Wiimote. I say this because Wii Play is, at its core, a tutorial for how to play with your Wii. This statement, in and of itself, should put up a few red flags that would suggest gamers shouldn't expect much out of this "free" title. However, Wii Sports, the game that shocked all of us with its extreme level of awesomeness, was also a tutorial for how to play with your Wii, and it, too, was "free". This comparison is, of course, where the trouble begins for Wii Play.

Continue reading "'Wii Play' is no 'Wii Sports', but it is still a good time"
Posted by Lunabean on February 15, 2007 5:43 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

When Capcom's Clover Studio shuttered its windows last October creativity wept and I wrote two haikus. Today, those tears of sorrow have turned into tears of joy with the revelation that Clover Studio has reorganized into Seeds Studio.

The new studio is headed by "Viewtiful Joe" producer, Atsushi Inaba, and "Devil May Cry" director, Hideki Kamiya, with help from "Resident Evil" creator, Shinji Mikami. The three, while at Clover, were responsible for the critically acclaimed game, "Okami".

In the long tradition of Lunabean Haikus, here is my take on the new studio...

Continue reading "Clover Studio vets plant Seeds"
Posted by Jeremy on February 16, 2007 9:04 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: LB Videos

The truth is there are no new decent gaming videos out there today. So, instead, I present '100 vs. 1', or, how one person walking down the street responds when 100 people suddenly charge him. It has it's funny moments.

Posted by Allison on February 16, 2007 10:13 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

While Nintendo is feeling the love from gamers and media these days, MTV News has taken a step back from the hype and is asking Nintendo, "Where are the games?". While I do feel it's very early to be asking such questions and making indirect accusations, it does seem that they've extracted the code words for "game delay" from NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime regarding Metroid Prime 3.

In the same Newsweek interview where Fils-Aime promised there would be no Wii gaming drought, he stated Metroid Prime 3 would be released in "early 2007". What's more, he told MTV News that the game would precede Super Mario Gallaxy. It seems plans may have changed, at least, according to MTV's interview with Fils-Aime at last week's DICE conference.
"What I will tell you about 'Metroid' is that 'Metroid' will be fabulous," he said. "I think it's fair to say that all of us were disappointed with the sales of 'Metroid Prime 2,' [the game's developer] Retro included. The focus on 'Prime 3' is to make that the stellar game for a first-person experience on the platform. ... What that means is we're going to make sure it's perfect when we launch it. I think this is one where your readers — the fans of Nintendo, the core gamer — need to recognize that when we release it, it will be perfect. And if that's a little later than folks would have liked, I'm hoping they're going to be happy.

Anytime gamers are told that developers want to make sure a game is perfect before it is released is a good indication that the game is about to be delayed. However, before jumping to conclusions, we should all keep in mind that Metroid Prime 3 was originally slated as a Wii launch title. So, it is possible that Fils-Aime was referring to the original delay when he made these comments. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by Allison on February 16, 2007 1:33 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Jagshemash! In celebration of the March 6th DVD release of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, 20th Century Fox has made available to download a Borat theme for your Xbox 360 dashboard.

Once you've completed the download and experienced the greatness that is your Borat themed Xbox 360, go ahead and pre-order the DVD. Dzien Dobre!

Posted by Lunabean on February 19, 2007 1:13 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

'Crackdown,' Microsoft's answer to 'Grand Theft Auto,' hits streets tomorrow in the US. Besides the huge open world gameplay and slick graphics, the real draw behind this game is that it contains an invite to become a 'Halo 3' multiplayer beta tester; the disc itself serves as the key to unlock the downloadable 'Halo 3' content although there's no word yet when that will be.

I just hit my local Game Crazy to reserve a copy of the game. You can read my Crackdown preview to get an idea of what to expect from the game.

Happy Crackdown eve!

Posted by Jeremy on February 19, 2007 3:57 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Japanese toy maker Tomy Co. cut its annual net profit forecast by two-thirds today, blaming the Nintendo Wii for sucking up the collective group of Japanese dollars (or yen) that go toward fun.


Posted by Allison on February 20, 2007 9:53 AM | | Comments (0)

It always makes me angry when newspaper columnists, writing in response to their state's unconstitutional video game bill, base their arguments on what they want to believe instead of what is true.

In this case, it's Tim Winter, of the Indianapolis Star, who in his column Retailers keep selling to kids, so we need video-game law, starts off with the classic line, "It is no exaggeration to say that video games can help create killers."

After that, the column devolves into misleading statement after statement, essentially saying that there is conclusive proof that violent games turn kids into murderers and that a 10-year old can walk into any store and buy an AO (adult only) game. Wow. Just wow.

Read the column...

Posted by Jeremy on February 21, 2007 6:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

We've all heard the stories of PS3s, rotting away on the store shelves of the major big box stores. Usually, some blogger will snap a pic of a dozen or so PS3s sitting in Best Buy, or from personal experience, we'll see three or four PS3s sitting around in Circuit City or Fred Meyer.

Yesterday, however, was simply amazing. As we walked into Fry's Electronics in Wilsonville, Ore., we were presented with a pallet of PS3s. That right, a pallet. Allison did a quick count and concluded that there were about 70 or so units sitting on that pallet.

That is the most we've every heard of, sitting around, waiting to be purchased. It's simply shocking...

Another pic, after the break...

Continue reading "Pallet of PS3s at Fry's"
Posted by Jeremy on February 23, 2007 8:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Due to circumstances out of our control (the in-laws were visiting), we were weak video game news this past week AND we missed the posting of our Friday video. To make up for it, here's a little video a couple of days late. "How to Kill a Brand" is a fun version of The Fray's "How to Save a Life"...and it does a great job at showing everything lame that Sony has done with its PS3 system.

Enjoy the video, enjoy the Oscars, and be sure to check your Wiis tomorrow morning, as Nintendo will be making available The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time at 9am Pacific Time. Is it no wonder that the Wii is kicking PS3 arse?

Posted by Allison on February 25, 2007 8:23 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

The other day, Sony announced the specs for the European PS3 launch and much to the dismay of many a European, the Emotion Engine, the chip that's inside every PS2, is not inside the PS3, as it is for the US and Japan PS3.

The Emotion Engine chip allows for a hardware-based backwards compatibility. In other words, you could stick any PS2 game into the PS3 and it would play.

That is no longer that case as the European PS3s will have to use software emulation to play PS2 games (much like the Xbox 360 does to play Xbox games). The list of PS2 games is very limited, according to the press release, and although Sony has a list of backwards compatible PS2 games, it won't be updated until launch day. Bastards!

Continue reading "Europe PS3s have no emotion engine"
Posted by Jeremy on February 26, 2007 9:00 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

It's Monday, so of course, that means more Wii Virtual Console offerings. Today, we have a major release: "The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time". This amazing N64 game, released in 1998, is considered a modern classic and is available for 1,000 Wii point ($10). If you have never played it, you should. It's long, intricate, and engaging and a must-play for any gamer.

If you find yourself stuck on the game, feel free to ask your question on our Zelda help board on the Lunabean Nation message boards.

In addition to "OoT", Nintendo today released "Bio-Hazard Battle" (Sega Genesis) and "Chew Man Fu" (TurboGrafx16).

Have a happy Zelda day!!!

Posted by Jeremy on February 26, 2007 11:33 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

When an angry Gamespot employee goes off on a message board you'd assume that his anger would be directed at the company. It's not. The anger is directed at you, the consumer.

While I can understand the frustration associated with customers who don't know an Xbox 360 from a Wii, it's kind of the employees' job to answer these types of questions. I have therefore deemed said Gamespot employee a Whiny Ass Titty Baby, a phrase heard regularly on The Sam Seder Show.

It is for this reason that I truly enjoy the counter-point to the Gamespot employee, written by an intelligent and thoughtful person who points out that all retail sucks.

Hey, try waiting tables for five years in order to get your strategy guide business off the ground!

Posted by Jeremy on February 27, 2007 9:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Remember the Comedy Central Wii-a-day giveaway this past Thanksgiving? Well, the grand prize was a custom Scion xB, decked out in a Wii paint job and customized with all sorts of electronic gadgetry.

Well, that very car is up on eBay. I want it so bad!!!

Aside from being a nearly-new Scion xB, which I have actually grown to like, it is decked out with four LCD screens, a killer stereo, a custom interior, and it only has 337 miles on it. It is just too good to be true.

If anybody wants to buy it for me, I'll fly to PA and drive it back to Oregon. Nintendo? Care to document my cross-country trip? Hmm? It'd be just like your commercials. Call me.

Posted by Jeremy on February 27, 2007 10:09 AM | | Comments (0)

I am pleased to announce the Lunbean 'Crackdown' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is in progress.

So far, I have explained the basics of gameplay and today I will get into the meat of the game. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to post them on the 'Crackdown' help thread on the LB Nation Message Boards.

Check back often for updates!

Posted by Jeremy on February 28, 2007 10:14 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Yesterday, I told you about the whiny Gamestop employee who went off on a tirade against the gaming public.

Today, I offer you nine insider game store secrets, which aren't really ground breaking, but do offer a nice overall view of the ins and outs of gaming retail.

Posted by Jeremy on February 28, 2007 10:35 AM | | Comments (0)

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